Jewish Interpretation of the Bible

Jonathan Magonet

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Jewish Interpretation of the Bible

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This chapter explores the Jewish interpretation of the Bible. Today, Bible study per se is most actively pursued within the various synagogue-based Jewish religious movements and an emerging secular/humanist movement. However, an overlapping but different orientation can be found within the State of Israel, where the Hebrew Bible is additionally studied and interpreted as a national treasure and cultural artefact, as well as a political document. The Hebrew Bible is also studied as an academic discipline within universities and seminaries. Here, it may be taught by scholars who happen to be Jewish but who may have little commitment to their Jewish identity, and hence to its implication for their approach to the Bible, and varying degrees of access to or interest in classical Jewish methods of exegesis.

Keywords: Hebrew Bible; Jews; biblical interpretation

Chapter.  9512 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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